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hacked into internal communications at u.n. headquarters in new york. the magazine cited documents obtained from n.s.a. leaker edward snowden. they claimed the n.s.a. also bugged the european union's
. the u.n. envoy suggests that a chemical weapon was used. the chorus of other international voices weigh in. british prime minister david cameron drafted a resolution on syria to be presented to the u.n. security council today. all members of u.n. security council especially russia are urged to back the resolution. russia warns against a strike, saying any intervention without a resolution would have "catastrophic consequences." iran has also weighed in, lawmakers issuing tacker warnings to the u.s. and allies saying war with syria would lead to retaliation on israel fanned by the flames of outrage. >> the u.s. is a driving force for an any intervention. we're hearing a decision could be made any day now. what's the latest? >> the official line is that the president is still consulting with top members of his cabinet, top security advisers. members of congress are being called, allies overseas culted. it's taken on animated tical and almost ritualistic approach as the president and white house try to build the case in public and build that coalition they say is so necessary if as is expe
and obstructions to their investigation. but as the secretary general has said again and again, the u.n. investigation will not affirm who used these chemical weapons. that is not the mandate of the u.n. investigation. they will only affirm whether such weapons were used. by the definition of their own mandate, the u.n. can't tell us anything we haven't shared with you this afternoon or that we don't already know. and because of the guaranteed russian obstructionism through any action through the u.n. security council the u.n. cannot galvanize the world to act as it should. let me be clear, we will continue talking to the congress, talking to our allies and most importantly, talking to the american people. president obama will ensure that the united states of america makes our own decisions on our own time lines based on our values and our interests. now, we know that after a decade of conflict the american people are tired of war. believe me, i am a too. but fatigue does not absolve us of our responsibility. just longing for peace does not necessarily bring it about. history would judg
more than 20 people. >>> u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon is urging the syrian government to let inspectors thoroughly investigate the latest allegations regarding the use of chemical weapons. opposition leaders in the country say government forces targeted their towns with poison gas. ban is taking the accusation seriously. >> any use of chemical weapons anywhere by anybody under any circumstances would violate international law. such a crime against humanity should result in serious consequences for the perpetrator. >> opposition leaders say forces loyal to president bashar al assad fired rockets loaded with chemical weapons at their stronghold in a suburb of damascus. they say the attack killed hundreds of people. government officials say the claims are absolutely baseless. u.n. inspectors are already in syria to look into previous incidents of alleged chemical weapons use. but the assad administration hasn't allowed them to investigate the latest case. ban ki-moon has instructed top u.n. disarmament officials to travel to damascus to press the government for full cooperation.
to make remarks about his decision-making process on syria. >> u.n. chemical weapons inspectors brief leaders on their findings in syria just returning from damascus. >>> president obama is about to make a statement from the white house regarding syria. the president's address will take place as he decides what action to take against syria following last week's chemicals weapons attack against civilians in a damascus suburb. let's go to paul who joins us live from washington. paul, what can we expect the president to say? >> reporter: what we've learned is this is not an announcement that an attack on syria is imminent. it's important to emphasize he won't come out and announce an attack is imminent. what he is going to talk about is talk about his decision-making process, what's been going on about the intelligence, about his consultations with congress, perhaps, consultations with allies. again, it's about his decision-making process toward any potential action in syria. >> so basically i guess it's safe to say what we heard yesterday from secretary of state kerry was a setup to wha
progress from answerl sides. >> 20 u.n. experts arrived in damascus to investigate previous reports of chemical weapon usage. rebel forces have been accused of using toxic gas. activists are now urging the u.n. team to investigate the latest incident. but in the last two years in syria there have been many claims and countered claims on the subject of chemical weapons. it means that people may never know the exact truth of what happened, or how these people were killed. al jazeera. >> well, earlier the military chief of the free syrian army spoke to al jazeera. over a thousand people have died in the attack. >> the criminal regime committed a master at dawn using chemical weapons in ground-to-ground missiles which, and it led to is thousand 6 martyrs and hundreds more injured. many of them including women and children, are in critical condition. >> well, the u.n. security council emergency meeting on syria is due to start in under an hour. we're at the u.n. headquarters and we'll go there shortly, but first to patty in washington, d.c. so far what noise versus been coming out of the
be interesting for timeframe. he said there was nothing to gain from the u.n. report, because the u.n. doesn't have the mandate to make a connection to who did chemical attacks. that might be an indication that the americans want to act before this report is published. >> max hoffman in washington, thank you for that. president obama was speaking the day after david cameron's attempt to get approval for military action in syria. >> the u.s. has support from france, who says it is per pair to go ahead with possible airstrikes. president francois hollande said that the chemical massacre should not go unpunished. >> inspectors are in the final stages of completing their mission in syria. >> some of the u.n. inspectors have already headed off. the last of the team is not expected to leave until saturday. the sample for have gathered will be analyzed in european labs -- samples they have gathered will be analyzed in european labs. turkey says it is already convinced who was behind the poison asset tax last week. >> -- gsa tt -- gas attack last week. >> there is no doubt that the regime is respons
>> welcome to al-jazeera, i'm del walters. syria gives the okay for u.n. weapons inspectors to look at the site of the chemical attacks. battle wildfires out west. >> syria will allow u.n. weapons inspectors to the site of the chemical weapons attack. the u.n. will begin those inspections tomorrow. syria has declared a ceasefire to allow the inspectors a safe passage to the sites. this seems to be a case of he said-she said. how will the weapons inspectors be able to ferret this out? >> well, they will be allowed to get a good amount of work done. russia and iran told them they had to let the inspectors in, then syria backed down and said yes, they would allow the u.n. inspectors to go back inside syria. if everything goes as planned, we could know as early as tomorrow afternoon who is responsible for this attack. as long as the attacks are seized on the ground, they will be allowed to figure out in the next 24 hours to get the work done and determine who was using the chemical weapons. >> we are seeing some items there, things that would be used in a chemical attack. are they confi
. u.n. inspectors on the ground and under fire in syria. they're there investigating claims of chemical weapons attack. >>> a jury of combat veterans will be determining the fate of a fort hood killer. >>> and wildfires burning out of control in california. [♪ music ] >> al jazeera has just learned that u.s. secretary of state john kerry is going to be speaking about an hour from now. he is expected to be talking about serious civil war. we'll bring live coverage right here as those remarks are made. >>> now we turn to syria where inspectors are on route to investigate a chemical weapons attack, and were shot at by a sniper. they were on road to the suburb of damascus when they were attacked. they were able to continue on in another vehicle. the u.n. said they were confident they would get any evidence despite it's a week's passing since that attack. we have more on the inspectors and the attack. >> reporter: united nations' chemical weapons investigators leave their damascus hotel to inspect the site of last week's attack. but an u.n. spokesperson said unidentified sniper
? an emergency meeting of the permanent members of the u.n. security council has been called over action over syria. >>> barbara is in london as western powers weigh up options for possible strikes on syria. >> it's not about invading other regime change. >> britain's prime minister defends the case for military action. >>> another leader from the muslim brotherhood's political party is arrested in egypt. the barrier keeping the water back, a special report from the flooded chinese region. >>> eight years after hurricane katarina we visit new orleans and nose instrumental in rebuilding the city. >>> we start off with the latest on syria. in the next half hour permanent members of the u.n. security council will be gathering for an urge the meeting called by russia. they will discuss what action, if any, to take against syria over condemn wall weapon attacks on civilians. military jets and other hardware are being positioned in the mediterranean and british politicians are debating whether to take part in any action in the country. inside syria the president has appeared on state tv. assad says
the syrian government's killed more than 1,400 people in a chemical weapons attack. the u.n. chemical weapons inspectors are finishing their work but won't reveal their findings until a full analysis is carried out. >> violence in egypt as people are tear gassed during protests against the military. >> i'm in london with some of the rest of today's news including a banned group providing relief to pakistan's flood victims. >> the world's biggest germ is discovered in greenland, deep beneath the ice. >> before the first time the u.s. government has laid awesome details of what it knows about the chemical attack on august 21 near the syrian capitol and blames the syrian government. u.s. secretary of state john kerry said 141,400 people were killed, including 426 children. the u.s. is considering a military strike on syria to remove chemical weapons capabilities. >> the united states government know knows at least 1,429 syrian were killed in this attack, including at least 426 children. even the first responders, the doctors, nurses and medics who tried to save them, they became victims themselv
.ncicap.org-- >>> welcome to "newsline." i'm keiko kitagawa in tokyo. u.n. inspectors are packing up their equipment and preparing to fly out of syria. they've finished gathering evidence on the use of chemical weapons. the experts have spent four days collecting samples and interviewing hospital staff. they were looking into allegations president bashar al assad's troops used chemical weapons last week. several hundred people are believed dead from the attack. the inspectors will now send material for laboratory analysis, then they'll report to u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon. syrian state tv has reported foreign minister walid al-moallem spoke over the phone with tun chief. he said syrian leaders would reject the report if they judge it incomplete. u.s. president barack obama says he has not made a final decision on how to respond to the chemical attack. obama said the syrian military's use of chemical weapons poses a security threat to the united states. he said he's considering a limited narrow military action but will not send ground forces. >> part of our obligation as a leader in the world
. the u.n. are registering between 25 and 50 tents a day. put it is a slow process and there are some people who haven't been given tents yet. but they sleep outdoors. the u.n. agency say they are in sprit need of assistance. >> after that provision of food, winter is around the corner, we also have to think i in advancef winter eyation. >> how long it will be here for is unknown. serious conflict drags on and the spillover into the region is clear for all to see. and that's right. you've seen what the conditions are like for this camp behind me. but there are a number of camps. a lot of them set up like this in any empty space they can find. this for the moment is far from an ideal situation but the refugees we have been speaking to are relieved. if they are here a year, year and a half, that relief is going to turn into frustration, the kurdish national government believes long term there is a real challenge. >>> thank you. >> prime minister kevin rud and opposition leader tony abbott answer, both leaders promising to tackle it head-on. >> if you are coming to boat by australia, pro
in syria? u.n. inspectors on the ground as the u.s. considers strikes and moscow counsels restraint. >> in china, party leaders urge a heavy hand in deciding the fate of bo xilai. >> and a blast from the past as justin timberlake dominates the mtv music awards last night. >> you when chemical weapons inspectors have interviewed and taken blood samples from the end of last week realm apparent gas attack in syria. he did so in the rebel held part of damascus where they came under fire from snipers. >> the u.s. and allies have been meeting in jordan for what could the a council of war against syria. but china, russia, and countries like brazil are lobbying against military action. >> vladimir putin has told david cameron that the west has failed to provide proof that the asad regime used chemical weapons in the attack. >> the syrian opposition says this is one of two areas where as many as 1300 people were killed in chemical attacks last week. after intense international pressure, syria has granted access to the crowd -- to the site. russian media published an interview with the syria
editor is at the united nations in new york tonight. >> reporter: for two and a half years the u.n. security council has been divided on syria. now one more try by the british to get military reaction. but away from the chamber down the corridor the ambassadors of the five permanent members of the council, the u.s. u.k. france, china and russia. there has been no comment. the western allies may have no option but to go ahead with military strikes without u.n. authorization but the special representatives was clear when asked about the legality of that. >> i do know that president obama and the american administration are not known to be trigger happy. what they will decide, i don't know. but certainly international law is very clear that security council has to be brought in. >> reporter: he's not the only u.n. official potentially causing problems for western military planners. u.n. weapons inspectors continue their work taking evidence and samples of the site of the chemical attacks, and no less a figure than the u.n. secretary general ban ki-moon i pleading r them to complete th
with him, i know. he is a potsological liar. >> a stark warning, and this morning, gunshots force u.n. investigators to return to damascus as their convoy is destroyed before they begin their search for chemical weapons in syria. >> crews fighting fires at yosemite national park. >> i don't think a sign will stop a bully or a fight. >> students in chicago heading back to school this morning, just months after dozens of schools there are shut down. >> he has admitted to the massacre of 13 people at fort hood texas. now a jury is going to determine if nadal hassan gets the death sentence. ♪ theme >> that attack on the u.n. convoy coming as the obama administration said there is very little doubt that chemical weapons were used by the syrian government in an attack on their own people last week near damascus. it was the single deadliest event in the civil war. the entire world is watching the events in syria as the u.n. prepares to investigate the attack site. u.s. and european leaders are already saying it may be too little, too late. it is worried the evidence will be corrupt. offici
's what's coming up on the show. the u.n. says its inspectors should be allowed to complete their mission in syria before any us-led attack. >> britain wants the un security council to approve military action but says talks could take several days more. >> the united states marks 50 years since martin luther king's famous speech. >> the un's secretary-general is calling on the u.s. am a britain, and france to live weapons inspectors more time to do their work in syria. after discussions today, russia called the british initiative premature. >> the u.s. says it has intercepted communications that prove the assad government was behind a chemical attack. but the syrian ambassador to the united nations denies the charges and says the u.n. inspection will prove it was in fact rebels who launched gas attacks. >> meanwhile, people in damascus are stocking up on supplies out of fears that any u.s. attack would hit civilian areas. >> the u.n. inspectors have resumed their work in a damascus suburb, determining if chemical weapons were used in an attack last week. u.n. and arab league special envoy
government has denied that it used chemical weapons but it has also refused a team of u.n. chemical weapons inspectors access and opposition activists say that a number of people who gave medical help to victims have subsequently died. chemical weapons experts say that evidence such as this could point to the possible use of a nerve agent. >> by looking at the videos, you can tell that some victims are suffering from asphyxiation and they do not have external wounds and so it is consistent with the use of a chemical agent but unless someone can get samples it will be difficult to say what happened. >> reporter: the longer that u.n. inspectors are kept out, the harder it is to gather evidence and to prove what killed these people and who was responsible for the attack. >>> one brigadier general a former deputy director of plans and strategy with u.s. central command and says that while the syrian government might have the missile no-how, chemical bombs could have been made by either side. >> they may be the only ones with the access to the missile technology that might be discovered at this
>> welcome to al jazeera. these are the stories we're working on at this hour. u.n. weapons inspectors are on the ground and under fire in syria. they're there to examine claims of chemical weapon attacks. >>> ash falling like snowflakes from a fire burning out of control in california. >> snipers attacked a group of u.n. inspectors in syria today. the incident forced them to turn away from the site. they were shot at by unidentified gunmen fortunately, no one was hurt. what you're looking at here is amateur video that pore ports to show the u.n. team visiting the victims of that suspected chemical weapons attack. ankle's david jackson has been watching the event in syria from beirut, david, what can you tell us about the u.n. inspection going forward after that attack this morning? >> reporter: well, the u.n. inspectors have gone forward from that attack as you mentioned. and yes, they were shooting apparently at the lead vehicle, trying to put it out of commission, which they did do. they are in damascus, to the west side of the city. they've taken blood samples from the s
't be making a binding decision for a few days yet. they want to hear what the u.n. weapons inspectors inside syria say and they won't be finished with their work until saturday. simon mcgregor wood is in london. this is a vote, simon, which is a difference motion than cameron had hoped to approve. what do we expect to see in parliament? >> he's been knocked back from the original motion specifically tailored toward this fast track, if you like, forwarded military action. he's had to because of oppositions from the labor party, main opposition party and significant -- we're very skeptical about the time table to strikes against syria. tonight's vote, it will be much later this afternoon after what we expect to be a heated debate, will simply be -- >> all right, that was simon speaking to us from just outside the houses of parliament in london where members of parliament are convening in just about a half hour's time. i do apologize for that technical glitch with i'm son. >> in the united states, b. gave an interview to u.s. television. he said that he hadn't decided on whether to take militar
. remember, it was just late last week that the u.s. president said any intervention would require an u.n. mandate. they're not saying that now. they're arguing that they don't have to go to the u.n. >> thanks, patty. well, syria is denying that it has any involvement in last we week's suspected chemical attack. the government said it will use all means necessary to defend itself from outside intervention. we'll have more response, but first we have more on the problems facing u.n. inspectors inside syria. syria's response to the threat of foreign military intervention is one of the finest. the international community needs to find another reason. >> we are all hearing the drums of war around us. if they want to launch a war on syria, i think the pretext of chemical weapon is fragile. it is a false pretext. >> i totally deny that we used chemical weapons and those who claim to be in position of evidence i challenge them to layout before the eyes of the public opinion. >> intervention would only benefit al-qaida and israel. >> if a military strike is hallelujahed it woul--it would e to ben
it is allowing the u.n. access to the site of an alleged chemical weapons attack in damascus. >>> egypt's former president hosni mubarak has appeared in court just three days after being released from jail. >>> russia's far east region suffers from the worst floods in more that particular 100 years with the worst yet to come. plus,. >> i'm in cambodia where a new bird species has been discovered. fantastic news in a region with so many endered species. coming up, the surprising low caslocation of where it was found. ♪ ♪ >> the syrian government says it has reached an agreement with u.n. inspectors allowing them to examine the site of wednesday's alleged chemical attack coming as the u.s. is ready to carry out military options against syria if it needs to. bashar al-assad's regime denies it was behind the attack. it is blaming rebel fighters. >> a rocket shoots sky ward from the damascus neighborhood of eastern guta, al jazeera cannot independently verify the pictures that were up loaded onto youtube. it is the same area where an apparent chemical weapons attack killed hundreds of men, women
♪ ♪ >>> syria allows u.n. inspectors in to investigate the use of chemical weapons as the west reviews its military options. >>> hello. you are watching al jazeera live from doha. also ahead disgraced chinese politician bo accusing his former aid of sexual misconduct. >>> firefighters in california struggling to contain one of the worst wildfires in the history of the state. >>> are you suffering from a phobia which is a fear of being without your mobile phone? >>> western powers are weighing options for military operations in syria, this coming following an alleged chemical weapons attack on a damascus suburb. the president of syria has warned the u.s.a. to stay away, saying that it faces failure if it is to strike syria and assad dismissed allegations that his regime used chemical weapons. assad has allowed u.n. weapons inspectors to travel to the site of the attack but many say that now it is too late to gather evidence. more now from washington. >> reporter: u.n. weapons inspectors will soon be at the scene of what appears to have been a chemical weapons attack outside of d
sudan. >> demonstrators have thrown rocks at u.n. peacekeepers. the police responded with tear gas. the protesters say they are confused over a disarmament item made from things. >> these people have been trying to block a main road in the democratic congo. they are angry at the u.n. they say peace keepers should fight rebels who are just outside the city. >> the u.n. came theory defend the congolese but they need to say if they are with us or the rebts. >> the u.n. convoy has reached a roadblock. it's tense. there was confusion this week when the u.n. issued a some meant the peace keepers would be addressing others but it's tom kom and gone. some people throw rofpblgts the peacekeeper fires in the air to disperse the crowd. and the police fire tear goose clear the road and the convoy passes. >> >> a lot of people here feel like they have been constantly exploited by foreigners. are of congo's minerals being mind and now the u.n. with its foreign staff threw it in action. that's actually exploiting them too. > but the u.n. says lit secure areas one area at a time. >> we would like
that the syrian government used chemical weapons. the u.n. condemned the alleged attack that reports say killed more than a thousand people. >>> we are very concerned about the reports that chemical weapons are alleged to have been deployed near damascus. these reports are serious and should it be true, it would be a monstrosity. >> jackie roland is live in paris for us. what exactly did the french foreign minister say? >> well, the french foreign minister said if these allegations were proven to be true, it would be an absolute carnage and there needs to be an international condemnation. he went on to clarify. he said there was no question of sernding force -- sending forces onto the ground in sierra yar. -- syria. he said then decisions would be taken in another way. he said it was possible that the french could react with, for example, the british and the americans, he said. at any rate he said if these allegations were proven to be true they needed to be what he described as a forceful reaction. now we've been trying to get further clarification from the french foreign ministry about what e
at u.n. security council it was the british who were bringing forth this further motion that david cameron said could potentially lead to military action if he deemed it necessary. any strategy seems to be in disarray from the british-u.s. side. >> it's worth noting that britain was leading calls for intervention in syria for a while up to this point. i spoke to american colleagues who said it was william hague who harass really driving the agenda in washington. and britain has led oh far on this issue has now had to set back. it will be very difficult for president obama who was leading from behind. how can they lead from behind if no one was in front of them. until now, britain played that roll. >> just quickly, jeremy, do you think the mps based their opinion from the streets that any intervention would have been very unpopular. >> if you look at the polling, indeed. knew as we're looking at a much more restrained intervention in syria the level was a third at most, and a lot of them consulted with their con sit wents and heard a pretty clear answer, we don't want to intervene a
for at the bank of england. good morning to you. u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon is delivering a speech from the hague to mark the 100th anniversary of the u.n. peace palace. reports that u.s. and allies are preparing for a potential attack. we'll keep our eyes on that. also coming up on today's show, we'll be out in berlin in a few minutes. we'll hear from a senior met of the social democratic party after angela merkel says greece should never have joined the euro. blamed her spd predecessor gerhard schrader for the mistake. have the gloves come off on the german campaign trail? our latest offering of south korea is an exclusive interview with ceo of samsung. why they're betting big on wearable technology. and tune in at 10:40, we'll learn how the french government plans to plug a euro deficit. at 11:05 cet we'll set aside some brazil and be joined by a guest who says the country's central bank could hike rates as they struggle with a weakening currency and imported inflation. jpmorgan's list of legal challenges gets longer. we'll get the details from new york at 11:45. all that and plenty
in doha. these are the main stories this hour. u.n. weapons inspectors leave damascus after examining the sites of suspected chemical weapons attacks. vladimir putin sdmandz to see evidence that chemical weapons were sgloid. >> as for the position of our american colleagues and friends who say they have evidence, let them present it to the u.n. inspectors and the u.n. security counsel. >> in india, rape trial, convicted of the fatal gang-rape of the woman who sponsored nationwide uproar. >>> a new technique that let's you see and feel the grand masters. >>> russia's president has criticized the u.s. threat of strikes against syria. vladimir putin says the allegation is utter nonsense. he said using military force against it would be unacceptable and violate international law. >> common sense speaks for itself. the syrian government forces are advancing. in some region options, they have circled the rebels. giving a card to those who call for intervention is utterly nonsense. it does not fit any logic. i am convinced it is just a provocation by those who want to pull other countries in
's definitely tense here. i wouldn't say there's a sense of panic, but clear apprehensi n apprehension. the u.n. weapons inspectors left, they're now in the netherlands. america has released its intelligence dossier. i think people here can also read the signs, the signal, that could mean, all of that means an attack is imminent. people have been stockpiling food. i was add a bread shop this afternoon. government owned bakeries are going to be open 24 hours a day. people are really worried about the risks involved to them. there could be no matter how technologically advanced america is, there might be a missile that would hit a chemical weapons depo and spread poisoned gas across the city. so, people definitely worried and braced. >> is there any clear indication, assuming this is a significant military strike and u.s. officials are making it clear it will happen sooner rather than later, is there an indication of how the syrian government of president assad and his military commanders as well as their allies in hezbollah, lebanon and the iranian might respond? >> well, the only statement that
and breaking news with conor powell. >> reporter: the u.n. inspectors left syria today wrapping up a four-day trip. they are investigating claims of a chemical whens attack there. they arrived a few hours ago. this removes a major obstacle for a u.s. military strike in syria now that they are gone. the pentagon no longer has to worry about the safety in syria. now begins the process of analyzing all of the data and the evidence they collected in syria. things like hair and soil samples. the u.n. says it could take two or three weeks before they produce any type of report. however, it looks like the white house isn't in any, isn't going to wait for the u.n. report. secretary of state john kerry said the use of chemical whens by syria is "clear and convincing." kerry claiming the attack killed at least 1,42ed 9429 syrs and including 426 children. >> we know where the rockets were launched from and at what time and where they landed and when. we know rockets came only from the routine controlled areas. and went only to opposition control or contested neighborhood. >> uma: as confident as sec
this with the obama administration, elected on the fact we need to rebuild alliances and not leave the u.n. out of it. but they are ready to go with some allies. the u.k. -- britain was on board, but it looks like they are reacting tonight and saying, look, let's wait for the u.n. weapons inspectors report. we got into trouble for not listening to the u.n. in iraq. a long legacy there. the u.s. will have to have a choice in the next few days about whether to go quickly or whether to wait for allies. >> thank you so much. the five permanent members of the united nations security council have been holding talks on a british-backed resolution that could allow military action in syria. that concluded with no signs of a vote. continuing talks are expected to meet further questions from russia and china, who strongly oppose military strikes. syria's representative to the u.s. -- u.n. said his country is in a state of war. >> in a surprise appearance, syria's u.n. envoy lashed out of the u.k.'s attempt to bring a new resolution to the security council. >> there is no consensus in the council on any draft re
left syria? well, the thought is with the u.n. team out, the window is now open for a possible u.s. military strike. >> this video, cnn exclusive, the chief inspector, angela cane, flew straight to new york to brief u.n. secretary-general ban ki-moon today. sources tell cnn results of the chemical weapons, at least the full report, the chemical weapons test, may not be available for a week. now, we've also learned that president obama will lay out his plans for a syria strike to republican and democratic senators today, and russia's president, vladimir putin today, called the u.s. moves on syria a provocation or at least he said there was a provocation on the part of the opposition. >> that's right. >> these use of chemical weapons. he says if the u.s. has proof of a chemical weapons attack, then it should take it to the u.n. >> so there's a lot of attention right now focused on those u.n. inspectors today regardless of what they found on the ground in syria. secretary of state john kerry indicating the u.s. will act without a u.n. mandate if it comes to that. >> by the definitio
we are with the situation on the ground in syria. obviously the u.n. weapons inspectors have wrapped up their work. they are waiting here inside the white house for that to finish before any potential military operation could begin. number one. number two, as you have been -- saying, there were more briefings here today at the white house via conference call. where you had top national security officials, adviser to the president, here, briefing there conference calls, senate democrats, senate republicans, told by the congressional senior congressional producer, that house members are going to get a briefing as well from the national security aide sunday. we are told, of course, the arab league is expected to meet on sunday as well. just putting all the pieces together, we are going hear from the president to let him say what he is going to say. but -- since the white house official is saying that the president is giving an update on where we are, he could be saying that as he's briefing, consulting with congress, waiting to hear from the arab league, he's carefully going through thi
their borders. gwen: but in syria, at least, means turning to the u.n. rather than the u.s., alexis? >> that's right. we heard from the president today in the interview and certainly from the white house this week was an effort to try to the united nations and united states allies abroad work on both the investigation of what happened with the alleged chemical attacks but also to try to apply pressure on the situation to try to assess where things go from here. the white heard at house earlier this week was, oh, let's take a long pause and try the facts arewhat on the ground and let the u.n. inspectors investigate and what heard from the president today, he said on the interview there, he didn't think would be cooperation from the assad government which suggests considerg to have to other options simultaneously. we know there have been meetings, there will be more at the white house. we know the administration has options it is considering, it considering, about what -- how to proceed but the verydent seems to be concerned about not only the u.s. pressure to lead but also public's desire not
. >> damascus has agreed to allow the u.n. access to the scene of the alleged attack, but while damascus says it will do its maximum to assure the safety of passage of the investigators, the actual territory is held, so ultimately, it will be the rebel forces who determine whether or not the you when inspectors have the access that they require. it is said that this now comes to old late. . we are hearing from the u.n. that they will, regardless, begin their investigation on moday. the united states has very little doubt that damascus was behind this chemical strike, and the intelligence is basing these claims on the number of reported deaths. we are hearing upwards of 100 people were killed, and also, they are basing the claims on the type of injuries and on eyewitness reports. these kinds of discussions are emerging as barack obama, the american president, talks about things with his security advisers and terms of an american response is, indeed, there has been the use of chemical weaponry. president obama has repeatedly said if a side uses chemical weapons, that would be a egregious, and t
's coming increasing pressure from the u.n. and russia to hold off. they want u.n. monitors currently inside syria to complete their investigations into a suspected chemical weapons attack last week. obama said the aim of the military reaction would be to deter future chemical weapon attacks. >> obama: if in fact, we can take limited tailored approaches, not getting drawn into a long conflict, not a repetition of iraq, which i know a lot of people are worried about, but if we're saying in a clear and decisive but limited way that we send a shot across the bow saying stop doing this, that could have a positive impact on our national security over the long term, and may have a positive impact in the sense that chemical weapons are not used again on innocent civilia civilians. >> reporter: our white house correspondent has more from washington on the domestic considerations the president has to consider. >> reporter: truly the president has not said that he thinks he needs congressional authority. there have been some members of congress who says he has to have permission before he makes milita
jazeera.com. >> u.n. weapons inspectors leave syria after investigating last week's chemical weapons attack, but the u.s. may not wait to hear their findings. >> obama: a lot of people think that something should be done. >> responses have been narrow and limited. >> hello and welcome, and you're watching al jazeera. also ahead six people die in protests in egypt. and in the democratic republic of congo, tensions are riding. >>> and a verdict is expected in the case of a minor and a fatal gang rape which has shocked the country. >> but first, th the last of the united nations' chemical weapons inspectors left syria. they drove across the border into neighboring lebanon. the 13-member team have been gathering evidence at the sites of last week's suspected chemical weapons attack. we're joined live from the crossing on the lebanon-syria record. zana, as we said, u.n. inspectors are out. they crossed into lebanon. what happens next? >> well, yes, they've crossed into lebanon. they've taken samples, evidence from rebel-controlled territories. they even visited a government hospit
them into a government lab as soon as possible. weaponshe u.n. inspectors have been in damascus on sunday and have been holed up in a four season ever censored all eyes are on them now as only they can confirm or deny whether chemical weapons were indeed used in the militia-held damascus suburbs. pressure is mounting. .> it is real crucial the international community is looking for their judgment upon which to base their actions. what is critically and valuable about the u.n. inspectors as they are seen as credible, that is also a plague on them because everyone is looking to them for their reports in their advice. that is a lot of pressure to be under. >> however, they have a limited mandate, which means they're powerless to travel the few minutes, drive to the scene of the alleged attack. you and secretary general ban ki-moon confirmed that the u.n. has submitted a formal request for access. efforts are hindered for a swift and devices investigation. >> allied russia has urged the syrian government to cooperate with the u.n. experts and allows the group to investigate the alle
>> welcome to al jazeera. u.n. weapons inspectors are on the ground and under fire in syria. they're there to investigate claims of chemical weapons attacks. >>> wildfires are burning out of control in northern california. >> even though my daughter is in third grade i still walk her to school. >> violence and school closures for parents and sadly their children. >> snipers attack a team of u.n. inspectors on route to investigate a weapons attack in syria. they were shot by unidentified gunmen. no one was hurt. the team is now able to continue to the site in another vehicle. the u.n. says they visited two hospital and interviewed witnesses, survivors and doctors as well as collecting some samples. they're down now for the day. they have returned to their hospital. al jazeera's david jackson has been watching the events in syria from beirut, and david what is next for these inspectors? >> reporter: well, as you mentioned, dell, their day was cut short by the fact that the sniper attack happened at all. they had to turn around and go back again. they lost a little bit of precious ti
on the u.n. to investigate chemical weapons on syrian army soldiers. syrian ambassadors gathering in new york to discuss potential military intervention there. meanwhile u.n. chemical inspectors continue their investigation into the august 21st attack i in a suburb of damascus. prime minister david cameron calling for meetings. >>> joining us now for the latest diplomat i can updates. do we now know what was on the draft resolution on the part of the british government? >> we don't. no one is leaking over this. normally there are a few leaks, but on this occasion we really don't know what is in this document. to be clear there was a meeting in the side room involving the five permanent security council. the united kingdom, the united states, france, russia, and china. there was also a meeting taking place, and i it's still going on at the u.n. involving haiti. after either of those meetings they could have come out and spoken to the press, but they did not. unless they can find some form of words, which they've been unable to come up with so far, then russia and china will veto the resol
. >> this is al jazeera. >> hello, and welcome to the news hour. coming up, u. n. inspectors looking into an alleged chemical weapons have left damascus. >> clears the way for possible military action, but president obama says any response will be limited and narrow. first verdict in the gang rape case in murder that cubbed outrage in india. a teenager is found guilty and given three years in detention. security forces move in to break up protests in iraq over pay and benefits. and the new technology that copy art masterpieces but look and feel like the real thing. >> well, the last of the u.n. chemical weapons inspectors have now left syria, the 13 member team, drove across the border today. they have been gathering evidence at the sites of suspected chemical weapons attacks in the circa capitol. u.s. president has described those attacks as a challenge toe the world. he says he is considering a limited and narrow response. while in europe the german chancellor seen here with rush leader says russia and china's action over syria has weakened the united nations. in an intervi
inspectors resume their mission, britain says lit try to put a draft resolution on syria to the u.n. security council. a series of bomb attack attacksq have killed at least zero people and injured more than 100. >> i'm malcolm web, in the democratic republic of congo, where soldiers and their families are buries those killed. >> that's barn by phillips reporting for us. and now james is over at the united nations headquarters, james, and you heard what barnby was saying about the u.k. possibly going to the u.n. security council, what are you hearing from your end on that? >> well i think it is fair to say they kept this one very close to their chest. normally we get whispers of these things going on. trying to prepare these things there was no mention of this in all our calls in the last 24 hours. it is important development i think so is what we are about to see in geneva, where the special representative on syria. >> james, james -- >>ly just have to stop you, because we are crossing over to geneva, that's where the u.n. arab pane envoy is speaking. stand by and listen to this along with my
murderer. >> a convicted felon receives a death sentence. >>> u.n.'s leader asks for more time for inspections and diplomas. diplomacy. the 50s anniversary of the march on washington brought out some of the biggest names in politics and the civil righting movement. tengz of thousands gathered at the lincoln memorial, congressman john lewis, the only living person who spoke 50 years ago was there. keynote speaker president obama. >> march 50 years ago was not merely how many blacks could join the ranks of millionaires, it was whether this country would admit all people who were willing to work hard regardless of race into the ranks of a middle class life. >> mike viquera joins us. there was forrest whittaker, oprah winfrey was there, i'm curious who the crowd responded to most. >> you know tony it was an extraordinary day, it was renewal, celebration and commemoration. a lot of people who were talented public speakers really moved the crowd. and i gt to mention there was music that was extraordinary. it was a rainy day, drizzled off and own. partnered the cliche it didn't dampen
cracked videoconferencing system at u.n. and apparently that is not all. >>> plus jody arias is back before a judge. today we could learn when the retrial of the convicted killer's penalty phase will begin. >>> and there is talk about making an entrance? bandits storm a pawn shop. why what they got away with has police very worried. it is all happing right now. jon: good morning to you, with us today, is arthel neville. in for jenna lee. arthel: we'll start with this, jon. a-team of u.n. inspectors coming under sniper fire in damascus. a spokesman saying it happened while they were on their way to inspect the site where hundreds of people were killed in a reported chemical attack last week. for days syria wouldn't let the team go near the site. the government finally agreeing to allow the inspectors to visit that starting today but a senior u.s. official dismissed the offer as too late to be credible saying crucial evidence could have already been destroyed. leland vittert is live in jerusalem with more. leland? >> reporter: arthel, we're told in the past couple of hours that u.n. te
that could threaten us, that they are held accountable. >> u.n. secretary general has asked them to wait before they report back to findings. and british are hitting the brakes forcing david cameron to push back on vote on military action at least a week. >> the well of public opinion was truly poisoned by the iraq episode and we need to understand the public's nepotism. >> and road blocks on the hill. tonight secretary of state kerry, hagel and others briefing congress on an unclassified call which senators from both parties say is not good enough. >> there are circumstances where presidents to avoid a catastrophe can act prior to congressional approval, but getting congressional approval is in my view constitutionally required. >> what is the strategy of the administrati administration? i certainly believe president obama should go to the american public. and good day. i'm andrea mitchell in washington. the president's national security team and clapper all brief members of congress. but there is strong push back because no details and some of the vacationing members are getting it on
dr. martin luther king, jr. ♪ theme >> the u.n. special enjoy to syria wants to see the evidence the u.s. and its allies say they have concerning a chemical weapons attack in that nation. he spoke only one hour ago as the world awaits action on president bashar assad's regime. we've seen the images of the children and family suffering from symptoms similar to those caused by chemical weapons. the enjoy said the evidence does suggest some sort of chemical weapon was used, killing hundreds. >> i know that the americans and the british and others say that they know that chemical weapons have been used. what we have been told is that this evidence that the americans, the british, the french say they have is going to be shared with us. it hasn't been until now, and we will be very, very, very interested in hearing from them what this evidence they have is. >> a u.s. coalition strike on syria is very much at the center of international debate this morning. france's parliament is holding a special session to discuss syria. other voices before and against are now weighing in. british fin
there's a u.n. authorization or it's in self defense. u.n. authorization is not going to come because russia will the self defense, we can't argue self defense because there were no americans nothing and there is under international law that allows collective self defense who wereferent people attacked by their own government so there are people who say we change international law to allow for the responsibility doesn't exist it yet. >> that's why john kerry said -- threate's a throat to israel, turkey, jordan, that is a threat beyond his own borders. gwen: the president has said be a threat to us, could be. >> that's a critical element, be he made the point in the interview with you and also today, he's trying to tell the yes, this isle, bad, this is a humanitarian crisis but i'm not doing it just for that. for you, i'm doing it for us as a country and that's a critical distinction he drive home. gwen: because he doesn't think there's a moral case to be made persuasive? >> he knows there's a moral case not's persuasive but that's law. remember in 1999 and kosovo, corridors,n the back
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